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Michael Lynch, J.D., M.S.T., C.P.A.

Professor Michael Lynch has trained some of the nation’s leading taxation experts, many of whom remain in contact with their esteemed mentor and return to campus to share their expertise with students.

When Professor Lynch joined Bryant in 1977, the goal of a professor was to prepare students for a job after graduation, he says. Today, it’s to educate students for careers beyond graduation.

“Once upon a time, we taught processes that every person in business should know. Now, tools such as software applications can do those tasks. What we strive to teach instead is: How will you lead your organization to profitability and success?”

Lynch’s undergraduate course on corporate tax – combining individual and corporate tax as well as personal financial planning – is one of the most difficult at the University, but “Bryant students are not afraid of hard work,” he says. “Recruiters say that our students don’t mind getting their hands dirty and that they’re ready for anything.

“At Bryant, when faculty combine liberal arts and business, it’s like being Socrates in the morning, and Steve Jobs in the afternoon,” says Lynch, who is the recipient of a Bryant University Distinguished Faculty Award. “Using a baseball metaphor, graduates must be adept at working both sides of the plate, so they can be prepared for whatever is thrown at them.”

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